Hurst chasing third straight
By JANN BURMESTER
FOUR-TIMES Australian ironman champion Ky Hurst, pictured, will look for a hat-trick when he defends his title at the Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic on Sunday, May 1.
Hurst has won the ocean swim for the past two years and again looks the favourite.
A record 1000 swimmers from around the nation are expected to set off from Wategos Beach in what has become one of Australia's most popular ocean swims.
The 17th annual 2.2km swim is organised by the Byron Bay Winter Whales and again the major sponsor is the Beach Hotel.
Swimmers will hit the water at 9.45am and a staggered start will allow all to participate without being crowded.
The swim will finish at Main Beach.
More than $5000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs as well as an extra $1000 for the Beach Hotel Dash For Cash, which will be held on Main Beach after the swim.
There will be five age divisions for men and women.
Registrations will be taken at the Byron Bay Surf Club the day before the swim (Saturday) from 2pm to 6pm.
All swimmers will again wear electronic anklets so times can be recorded accurately.